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O-Line Addition Rinehart Eager to Compete


Before Chad Rinehart picks up the phone, there's music on the line. Country and Western. George Strait, in fact.

Talk to him, and you get the impression he has a different personality on the football field.

"I'm a physical guy--just an offensive lineman, trying to help my team win," said Rinehart, the 6-5, 311-pound offensive tackle selected by the Redskins in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

Rinehart, the 96th overall pick, comes out of Northern Iowa, the same school as Redskins punter Derrick Frost.

One of the most dominant left tackles in the college game last year, Rinehart moved into the starting lineup as a freshman and gained 40 games of experience at Northern Iowa.

The Redskins essentially drafted Rinehart to come in and compete for a reserve job at right tackle and right guard.

"Really, I will play anywhere on the line I can contribute," he said. "I went down to the Senior Bowl and played guard for the first time. By the end of the week, I felt comfortable playing it, so I feel like I'm pretty versatile."

He'll be tutored by a veteran offensive line group that includes right tackle Jon Jansen and right guard Randy Thomas.

"I just want to go out and compete as hard as I can, do whatever I can to make the team successful," he said.

Does he know about the legacy of Redskins' offensive linemen, coached by "Boss Hog" Joe Bugel?

Said Rinehart: "I've heard some things about the reputation of Joe Bugel and the 'Hogs.' I know Washington has a great reputation when it comes to offensive lineman. That's one of the main things I think about when I think about the Redskins.

"I thought I would be a mid-round pick, maybe even higher, and I'm glad it's turned out to be the Redskins."

A native of Boone, Iowa, Rinehart almost went to the Naval Academy before winding up much closer to home.

Rinehart was named to the 2008 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society after compiling a 3.30 GPA in sports psychology.

He's the first offensive lineman chosen by the Redskins as high as the third round since 2003, when the team opted for University of Texas guard Derrick Dockery.

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